In today’s post Molly Hegeman, CAI’s Vice President of HR Services, shares helpful information about focusing on your important projects and job duties.
One of the biggest challenges we face as HR professionals is prioritizing our time. We must balance our day-to-day responsibilities with the organization’s strategic initiatives as well as manage sudden and urgent employee relations issues. With all the responsibility on our plates it can be easy to lose sight of our priorities and remain focused on what’s really important. So how can we stay on track?
Keeping a constant reminder of the importance of employee engagement and satisfaction is paramount. Engagement is the emotional commitment employees have to the organization and its goals, and their willingness to put forth effort toward its success. Satisfaction, on the other hand, represents an employee’s attitude and expectations about their job and employer. It’s more about how an employee approaches his/her job than the actual duties performed.
Over the past several years, CAI has seen an increase in the overall satisfaction of employees surveyed through its employee opinion surveys. In fact, the greatest satisfaction level, at 88%, is in identification with the company. Benefits and working conditions follow close behind at 86% and 84% respectively.
In HR, it is important for us to put time and energy into nurturing our culture and holding managers accountable for helping our employees remain engaged and satisfied. In all our projects and ongoing HR initiatives we should:
- help employees remain challenged in their jobs
- help employees foster a sense of purpose in their roles
- keep a positive and supportive attitude
- encourage a balanced lifestyle
- build strong and trustworthy relationships with co-workers and manager
So the question now is how to do all of these things?
The Rule of Three
In almost all areas of life, the “rule of 3” applies, and productivity is no exception. Ask yourself at the beginning of the day, “what three things do I want to accomplish today?” Then work toward those goals. When making your list, try not to focus necessarily on tasks so much as outcomes or results.
Keep a list of everything you’re waiting on and everything you need to do
Keeping a list is the best way to keep up with everything you have to do/everything you’re waiting on other people to do.This may seem a bit obvious, but trying to keep up with everything you’re responsible for can be taxing to say the least and in a world filled with technology, it’s unnecessary to try. Sticking with old school methods, I suggest writing everything on a Post-It or creating a To Do List format that works for you. Embracing technology, you could consider putting it in an app on your phone/tablet or both. Remember, there’s always an app for that!
Be clear on the intent and purpose of your activities rather than being distracted by less significant items
Leverage internal resources with the help of your strongest managers and employees, or seek outside support to bring in the resources needed to elevate your effectiveness and contributions to the organization. And most importantly, learn the power of delegation!
Looking to get a few things off your list? CAI’s HR On Demand team is designed to do just that! Is there something we can help you with? Please Contact us today at (919) 713-5263 or email@example.com.